Pablo Picasso

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The creative impulse is an ancient and enduring feature of human expression. Art serves many purposes: to beautify, record, reflect, enlighten, and celebrate our existence. Eye on Art examines the rich and varied world of art. Major art movements, the artists who fueled them, and the works they created are all discussed in this series. Also covered are the essential tools of artists as well as efforts to preserve and restore artwork for future generations. All volumes in this series are beautifully illustrated ...

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Overview

The creative impulse is an ancient and enduring feature of human expression. Art serves many purposes: to beautify, record, reflect, enlighten, and celebrate our existence. Eye on Art examines the rich and varied world of art. Major art movements, the artists who fueled them, and the works they created are all discussed in this series. Also covered are the essential tools of artists as well as efforts to preserve and restore artwork for future generations. All volumes in this series are beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs and diagrams. Riveting narrative, informative sidebars, fully documented quotations, a bibliography, and thorough index all provide excellent starting points for research and discussion.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jane Van Wiemokly
This series deals with different aspects of art and how they relate to society, in this case an art form and an artist. In Pablo Picasso, Kallen at first focuses on the artist's early life, which contained some hardships and tragedies. He exhibited his extraordinary talent from childhood, yet when his sister was gravely ill, he vowed to give up art if she lived. She did not, and the world has been the recipient of his work. Throughout his life, with every new female relationship, he changed his art style. He was not interested in the status quo and often "invented" different art forms, including cubism as seen in Les Demoiselles D'Avignon. In later life, he embraced social commentary and protest. Guernica and Charnel House are just two of his anti-war paintings. The book has informative sidebars of related facts and many photographs of the art. For readers whose appetites are whetted, a very short list of further reading and Web sites is included. Although covering just the tip of the iceberg, more sources can be gleaned from the many source notes for each chapter. Kallen includes so much information that readers are bound to learn many interesting facts about art, and history as well. Reviewer: Jane Van Wiemokly
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—The first of many color reproductions included in this chronologically arranged title is Picasso's earliest oil painting, completed at age eight. The author presents an interesting account of the artist's life, making connections between his relationships, historical events, and art movements, all of which influenced his work. Plentiful quotations are clearly cited and provide insight into how Picasso and his art were perceived by contemporaries. Accompanying the well-organized text are several sidebars that expand upon certain points. There is much to be said about an artist as prolific and influential as Picasso. The steady level of detail from childhood to later life found in this text is commendable. More than a source for reports, this biography has an engaging pace and visual appeal that readers will find satisfying.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420500455
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/26/2009
  • Series: Eye on Art Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,077,072
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction: A Creative Force of Nature 8

Chapter 1 A Young Artist 11

Chapter 2 Sadness, Pain, and the Blue Period 24

Chapter 3 Love and Roses 38

Chapter 4 Creating Cubism 51

Chapter 5 Surrealistic Dreams and Nightmares 65

Chapter 6 The Move to Neo-Expressionism 79

Notes 93

Glossary 97

For Further Reading 98

Index 100

Picture Credits 104

About the Author 104

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